Automation Technician Levels II & III


The position of Automation Technician requires daily interaction with Tessy’s Automation group and other manufacturing groups. Responsibilities will include daily tasks and project work relating to Tessy’s automation equipment with emphasis on keeping the machines running productively and efficiently. It is a hands-on position involving various levels of automation tasks, independent and team projects.

Available Shifts: 8 hour days and 12 hour days

Locations: Elbridge, Skaneateles, and Baldwinsville, NY

Starting Pay: $26-$31/hour *Further discussions of pay rate during interview process*


Duties and Responsibilities:% Time Level I% Time Level II% Time Level IIIEssential/Non-Essential
Level II
1. Responsible for completing a combination of level 1 job duties as assigned.20E
2. Responsible for the proper training of lower level technicians.20E
3. Communicate with cell managers, engineers and suppliers as well as project and department managers5N
4. Interact with other automation technicians and manufacturing groups to accomplish machining, fabrication, complex wiring and major C/O’s. Assist in running qualifications, major repairs or upgrades and upper level troubleshooting. 20E
5. Responsible for rigging and installation of new equipment while working with production and other departments. Follow the entire installation to make sure all automation is working correctly and ready for start up and qualification runs (i.e.-robot installs and new automated equipment installs).5N
6. Responsible for troubleshooting existing camera applications. Adjusts windows as well as parameters. Makes suggestions for changes to camera program to increase efficiency and functionality (i.e.-Frame A&B, Cannulas).10N
7. Troubleshoot 6 axis and SCARA robot issues. Can step through program and retrain or teach new points but does not alter program functionality.5E
8. Write new top/side entry mold robot programs as well as debug and alteration of existing programs using plant specific training (i.e.-Wittmann, Sepro, Star, Yushin and Sailor).10N
9. Answer molding press alarms, troubleshoot and resolve mold press alarms, restart/recover molding machines from alarm.10N
Level III
1. Responsible for completing a combination of level 1 and 2 job duties as assigned.5E
2. Train, assist, and evaluate lower level technicians.15E
3. Perform major repairs and complex trouble shooting of mechanical and electrical automation issues.15E
4. Communicate with project managers, customers and vendors regarding technical automation requirements.15E
5. Provides input and critiques automation systems design.5E
6. Assist engineers and project managers in creating and running automation qualifications.10E
7. Make changes/revisions to basic automation designs. Updates drawings, schematics and all pertinent documentation.5E
8. Assembles quotas for average automation projects such as refurbishments and repairs. Executes low to mid-level project coordination assignments.10N
9. Foresees needs in technology training to stay current with the latest and future developments relating to automation equipment and techniques.5N
10. Writes camera programs from start to finish (Cognex/Keyence) for automation and mold applications using the criteria specified by the customer or quality department. Also assist in the debug or improvement of existing camera programs and applications for efficiency and functionality.5N
11. Write programs from start to finish as well as alter programs on 6 axis and SCARA automation robots (i.e.-Epson, Mitsubishi, Fanuc) as well as Complex top entry/mold take out robot programs (i.e.-Sepro, Wittman).5N
12. Uses knowledge of PLC’s to connect and diagnose issues with automated equipment as well as make alterations to PLC programs for improvement. Also writes basic PLC programs from scratch.10N
13. Helps create and modify existing PM’s for new and existing automated cells to minimize downtime due to failures (i.e.-increase or decrease time intervals between PM’s, add new inspections, create new PM’s for incoming automated cells).5N



MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Successful completion of the job specific training and required exams.

Level II –  A college degree (AAS or above) in Automation related field such as Electrical or Mechanical engineering and/or 3-5 years of manufacturing technician experience relating to implementation and maintaining high speed precision manufacturing equipment and inspection systems. 

Level III – A college degree (AAS or above) in Automation related field such as Electrical or Mechanical engineering and/or 5+ years of manufacturing technician experience relating to implementation and maintaining high speed precision manufacturing equipment and inspection systems.

All Levels

  1. Ability to work with minimal supervision.
  2. Ability to demonstrate proper use of basic hand tools.
  3. Possess an attention for detail with a high degree of accuracy.
  4. Basic computer experience/proficiency.
  5. Ability to read and interpret documents such as engineering documentation, blueprints, safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and SOP’s.
  6. Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.
  7. Must apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.
  8. Ability to problem solve involving several variables in working situations.
  9. Participate in and successfully pass random/pre promotion or transfer drug testing due to safety sensitive nature of job requiring a power industrial vehicle permit. 


    1. Experience with CAD or machine vision inspection systems.
    2. Experience in machining and fabrication.
    3. Previous production related training/certifications while at Tessy. Including knowledge of injection/blow molding.
    4. Experience with industrial machine service and repair.
    5. Experience with industrial control systems and electrical systems.


    Individuals should posses the following competencies to perform the job successfully.

    1. Communicates effectively in oral and written communications. Articulates and communicates thoughts clearly and tactfully. Uses active listening skills.
    2. Demonstrates functional and technical skills by understanding how profitability is impacted within their area of responsibility and the company as a whole. Speaks competently concerning a wide range of business issues, translates complex business situations into understandable language for direct reports.
    3. Develops self and others by providing coaching and appropriate level of support and timely feedback to their direct reports. Regularly monitors performance plans in order to ensure goal attainment.
    4. Engages and inspires others by taking the time to build effective relationships with all levels.
    5. Implements and manages change by clarifying new processes and continuously providing communication to support change. Recognizes areas for improvement and takes actions to implement those improvements.
    6. Solves problems effectively by considering alternative solutions and possible consequences and takes into account other perspectives before making decisions.
    7. Organizes effectively by establishing clear and precise work plans and resource estimates utilizing a structure system. Meets project goals and deadlines. Anticipates problems and plans for contingencies.


    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

    • Extreme heat (not weather related) on an occasional basis (up to 1/3 of your day).
    • Heavy vibration on a frequent basis (up to half of your day). 
    • Proximity to moving mechanical parts on a frequent basis (up to half of your day
    • Noise level intensity of moderate (manufacturing floor
    • May be required to work in a controlled environment requiring special garb (ex. coat, hair net, facial hair guard), gloves and prohibiting specific items on occasional basis (up to 1/3 of your day).

    Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position to the extent the accommodation(s) can be made without imposing an undue hardship on Tessy.


    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

    • Have the ability to lift, lower and carry 1–50 lbs. a/an frequent basis (up to half of your day). 
    • Be able to seize, hold, pinch and grasp items typical of this job with good dexterity with both hands, such as tweezers, nippers and small cutting tools.
    • Have good eye-hand coordination.
    • Be able to crawl, crouch, stoop, kneel and bend forward/sideways without aids/assistive devices on a seldom basis (15 min or less). frequent basis (up to half of your day). 
    • Have the ability to work in a standing position on a frequent basis (up to half of your day).  However, the duration may be up to the scheduled work hours. Sitting may be required on an occasional basis.
    • Have specific vision abilities required by this job.  They include color and shading discrimination, close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision and ability to adjust focus.  Must possess sight and hearing senses or by the use of prosthetics that enable these senses to function adequately.
    • Be able to move body through different positions to allow safe maneuvering between boxes/bins/gaylords and tables to/from the machine. 
    • Be able to adhere to all safety procedures and practices. 
    • Be able to adhere to Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) to efficiently complete assigned work while utilizing tools, computers, and safety devices.

    Based on the weight and frequency of material handling and required non-handling activities, the typical day-to-day job demands of an Automation Technician carry the physical demand rating classification of Medium. This rating is set forth by The Untied States Department of Labor. * Please Note: Physical demands vary by job title, plant location, and product design.